Steelers' wide receiver plans to leave team after season
Pittsburgh Steelers' star wide receiver Martavis Bryant said he is willing to play out the remainder of his contract and leave the team next season in 2018.
According to ESPN reporters Jeremy Fowler and Josina Anderson, Bryant told them that his role on offense doesn't change; he just needs to support his family.
Bryant added, "I just want to be happy. I would like for it to be here, but if not well then oh well. Just got to move on. By the end of whenever the trade deadline is. I mean if things don't get better, then I got to go."
Bryant has been passed on the Steelers' depth chart by rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster and appeared to be frustrated: "JuJu is the future and got great talent and is going to be one of the best players this game. I want him to get his. I just want mine, period, point blank. Ain't nobody did nothing to get me back. I worked my butt off the get myself back with no help and little support, period. In due time the process will show," Bryant wrote on his Instagram.
On Oct. 23, 2017, Bryant called in sick and failed to show up to the team meetings. Even though Bryant is unhappy, the Steelers have no plans to trade him, according to CNN.
In the past two games against the Bengals and the Chiefs, Bryant has combined 30 yards on three catches.
In 2017, Bryant is tied for third on his team with 18 receptions, 234 receiving yards, and one touchdown, according to CNN.